Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble
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Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

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OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

Just a few months ago, the door appeared firmly shut on Andrea Dovizioso ending his sabbatical in 2022 and returning to MotoGP full-time. But circumstances in recent weeks at Yamaha and with the Sepang Racing Team have presented the Italian with the opportunity he has been searching for.

Yamaha team boss Lin Jarvis confirmed during the British Grand Prix weekend that Dovizioso's imminent comeback was scheduled for this weekend's San Marino GP at Misano with a view to continuing into 2022. This came just days after SRT announced it would be quitting grand prix racing outright at the end of 2021 - a move that was expected for its Moto2 and Moto3 squads following title sponsor Petronas' decision to pull out at the end of the year.

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